“Dust My Broom” by Elmore James

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Difficulty: Intermediate

Intro

To play this blues classic you’ll need to tune your guitar to Open D. To do this you’ll tune the guitar to DADF#AD. Much of the song is played with a slide on your pinky finger (4th finger). Lay your other fingers softly on the strings behind the slide to help prevent unwanted noise.

Measures 1 thru 4 and measures 7 and 8 are played completely with the slide while measures 5, 6, and measures 9-12 are played without the slide.

With your guitar tuned to Open D, strumming the strings open will produce a D chord:



Measures 1 and 2 give you a good idea of the slide work that is to be expected throughout the riff:


Measures 5 and 6 don’t require the slide, so we just hold our slide finger up out of the way.


Riff Resources

Complete Transcription To “Dust My Broom” (PDF)

Complete Transcription To “Dust My Broom” (Power Tab)